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Ken Holman named OASIS Distinguished Contributor

G. Ken Holman of Crane Softwrights, long-time member of the UBL TC, was recognized as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor at the consortium's annual meeting on 25 July 2012. Ken was chosen for his outstanding achievements in the areas of new work, influence, ability to build consensus, leadership and service to the consortium. Congratulations, Ken!</p>

Austria mandates eInvoicing to the public sector, fostering PEPPOL adoption

By January 1, 2013, the new European VAT Directive regarding the rules on invoicing which enforces equal treatment between paper and electronic invoices, will come into force in all Member States. By this time, all Austrian federal services will be able to receive eInvoices and from January 1st, 2014, all Austrian suppliers (and foreign suppliers that have the technical means) of the Austrian Federal Government are obliged to use eInvoices according to the Austrian ICT consolidation law (IKTKonG).

eGovernment Building Blocks in Europe - implementing UBL for public procurement

Video presentation of the eGovernment conference in Poznan Poland, November 2011, featuring PEPPOL, Pan European Public eProcurement online.

Public review begins for UBL 2.1

This OASIS 30-day public review will be held from 26 August to 24 September 2011. This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work. The specification was previously submitted for a 60-day public review on 25 September 2010 [2]. This review is limited in scope to changes made from the previous review. Changes are detailed in section B.3.4 of the Committee Specification Draft.


Supply Chains Now Speak a Common Language at the Perceptant Exchange

Perceptant today announced support for UBL, an open xml standard for B2B messaging that facilitates the exchange of catalogue, pricing, stock and transaction information between buyers and suppliers...Perceptant's iHUB, iBAM and SCMaaS (Supply Chain Management as a Service) products leverage XML and incorporate its strengths into a comprehensive business application environment - managing all critical aspects of integrating and automating interactions between customers, partners and suppliers.

UBL 2.1 Public Review Draft 1 - comment period Sep 25, 2010 to Nov 24, 2010

Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 09:24:36 -0400
To: UBL-Dev <>
From: "G. Ken Holman" <>
Subject: Fwd: Public Review of UBL v2.1

Fellow UBL-Dev'ers,

I'm not the official spokesperson for the UBL committee, but I know the UBL committee warmly welcomes any and all comments regarding the public review draft of UBL 2.1.  Please use the instructions from OASIS below regarding the release and submitting your comments.

GEFEG Announces EDIFIX 5.0 UBL Reader

GEFEG mbH announced immediate availability of the EDIFIX 5.0 UBL Reader, enabling companies' easy access and view of UBL 0.70, UBL 1.0 Beta Release and UBL 1.0 Final, an OASIS Committee Draft by the OASIS Universal Business Language Technical Committee for public implementation. The UBL Reader is a variant of the scalable product line GEFEG EDIFIX®. EDIFIX has been selected by the OASIS UBL Technical Committee to parse the spreadsheet data models and produce a schema representation adhering to the UBL 1.0 Naming and Design Rules.

Advancing e-Business among Textile and Clothing SMEs in Greece and Hungary using UBL and ebXML

In 2008, the European textile and clothing industry (according to data provided by Euratex, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation) was comprised of 160.000 companies that employed a total of 2.350 million employees.
The textile and clothing supply chain in Europe is characterised by a large presence of small and medium size enterprises, with an average number of 16.6 employees per company in the EU of 27. Long term trends of globalization and trade liberalization have challenged the competitiveness of the textile industry in Europe.

Denmark helps businesses with national e-invoicing system

In order to facilitate business with the government and among the industry, the Danish Government deployed a national e-invoicing service, called ‘NemHandel’. It allows businesses to send standardised UBL e-invoices through the internet. Based on open and common standards, NemHandel also allows businesses to send e-invoices which were generated in their internal ERP or invoicing systems.

UN/CEFACT survey of standards for eBusiness, Government and Trade

For several years the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and
Electronic Business (CEFACT) has been developing a set of electronic
standards for international trade data. Progress has been slower than
had been hoped for, and CEFACT is currently reassessing stakeholder
needs and priorities to ensure that its work is addressing the most
urgent requirements. The UN/CEFACT project teams responsible are
consulting those already involved in CEFACT’s work as well as a
selection of stakeholders that are not, in order to submit a report to
CEFACT by the end of February 2010. Focus Areas: BPEL | DITA | ebXML | IDtrust | OpenDocument | SAML | UBL | UDDI
OASIS sites: OASIS | Cover Pages | | AMQP | CGM Open | eGov | Emergency | IDtrust | LegalXML | Open CSA | OSLC | WS-I